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Dr. Jennifer Buckman

Associate Professor, Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences

Office: SMH 225B

Email: jbuckman@rutgers.edu

Phone: 848-445-0793

Curriculum Vitae:

  • Bio
  • Current Research
  • Grants
  • Selected Publications
  • Education
  • Recent Awards
  • Other Information
  • Professional Services


Jennifer Buckman, Ph.D. is an active research scientist at the Center of Alcohol and Substance Use Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Health, School of Arts and Sciences, working as part of a team of researchers to study the automatic physiological processes that interfere with conscious experience and support maladaptive lifestyle choices (e.g., drinking more than intended).

Faculty Website

Cardiac Neuroscience Lab Site

Current Research

Experimental studies looking at how drinking interacts with otherhealth behaviors – like sleep, exercise, and cannabis use – to influencecardiovascular health.


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, NIH) (R01AA028286) (2021 -2026). Principal Investigator (multi) (PI: Buckman/Spaeth) Characterizing mechanisms underlying the reciprocal relationship between sleep deprivation and binge drinking within the context of college life ($260,000/year)


American Psychological Association Committee on Division/APA Relations APA Interdivisional Grant (2019 -2020) (PI: Ruddy). Responding to the Opioid Crisis: Perspectives from Family, Addiction and Pain Psychology ($3,000).


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, NIH) (R01AA027017) (2018-2023). Changes in Cardiovascular Control Mechanisms Related to Binge Drinking during College ($340,000/year).


National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA, NIH)(K02AA025123) (2017-2022). Deconstructing the Temporal and Multi-Level Influences of the Baroreflex Mechanism on Alcohol Use Behaviors ($140,000/year)


Selected Publications

Price, J. L., Bates, M. E., Pawlak, A., Uhouse, S. G., Todaro, S. M., Morgano, J., & Buckman, J. F. (2022). Use and perceived usefulness of a just-in-time resonance breathing intervention adjunct for substance use disorder: Contextual and physiological predictors. Frontiers in Psychiatry 13: 945751. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2022.945751


Bates, M. E., Price, J. L., Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Muzumdar, N., Piersol, K. L., Frazier, I., & Buckman, J. F. (2022). The process of heart rate variability, resonance at 0.1 Hz, and the three baroreflex loops: a tribute to Evgeny Vaschillo. Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback, 47, 327-340. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10484-022-09544-4


Price, J. L., Bates, M. E., Morgano, J., Todaro, S., Uhouse, S. G., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Pawlak, A., & Buckman J. F. (2022). Effects of arousal modulation via resonance breathing on craving and affect in women with substance use disorder. Addictive Behaviors, 127, 107207. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2021.107207


Saalfield, J., Piersol, K. L., Monaco, R., Womack, J., Weismiller, S. A., Esopenko, C., Todaro, S. M., Conway, F. N., Brostrand, K., & Buckman, J. F. (2022). Comparison of concurrent and same-day balance measurement systems in a large sample of uninjured collegiate athletes. International Journal of Sport Physical Therapy 17(2), 228-236. https://doi.org/10.26603/001c.31178


Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Bates, M. E., Islam, S. & Buckman, J. F. (2022). Changes in interoception after alcohol administration correlate with expectancies and subjective effects. Addiction Biology, 27(1), e13098. https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.13098


Eddie, D., Bates, M. E., & Buckman, J. F. (2022). Closing the loop between heart and brain: A more holistic neurobiological model of addiction and addiction recovery (Invited Review). Addiction Biology, 27(1), 1-9. https://doi.org/10.1089/acm.2018.0019


Saalfield, J., Piersol, K. L., Esopenko, C., Bates, M.E., Weismiller, S. A., Brostrand, K., Todaro, S. M., Conway, F.N., Wilde, E. A., & Buckman, J. F. (2021). Digital neuropsychological test performance in a large sample of uninjured collegiate athletes. Applied Neuropsychology: Adult, 25, 1-7. https://doi.org/10.1080/23279095.2021.2003365


Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Bates, M. E., Muzumdar, N., Pawlak, A., Islam, S., Vaschillo, E.G., & Buckman, J. F. (2021). The cardiovascular mechanisms of interoceptive awareness: Effects of resonance breathing. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 169, 71-87. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2021.09.003


Eddie, D., Price, J. L., Bates, M. E., & Buckman, J. F. (2021) Substance use and addiction affect more than the brain: the promise of neurocardiac interventions. Current Addiction Reports, 8, 431-439. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40429-021-00379-3


Bates, M. E., Price, J., & Buckman, J. F. (2021). Neuropsychological and biological influences on drinking behavior change. Dynamic Pathways to Recovery from Alcohol Use Disorder. Editors: K. Witzkiewitz and J.A. Tucker. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Pp. 60-76. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108976213.008 


Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Bates, M.E., Pawlak, A., & Buckman, J. F. (2021). Does alcohol affect emotional face processing via interoceptive pathways? Phase I In Principle Acceptance of Registered Report. Drug & Alcohol Dependence, 226, 108845. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2021.108845


deSouza, N.L., Buckman, J. F., Dennis, E. L., Wilde, E. A., Tate, D. F., & Esopenko, C. (2021). Association between white matter organization and cognitive performance in athletes with a history of sport-related concussion. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 43(7), 704-715. https://doi.org/10.1080/13803395.2021.1991893


Remchak, M., Piersol, K., Bhatti, S., Spaeth, A., Buckman, J. F, Malin, S. (2021) Considerations for maximizing the exercise “drug” to combat insulin resistance: role of nutrition, sleep, and alcohol. Nutrients, 13(5), 1708. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu13051708


Porfido, T., de Souza, N. L., Brown, A. M., Buckman, J. F., Fanning, B. D., Parrott, J. S., & Esopenko, C. (2021). The relation between neck strength and psychological distress: preliminary evidence from collegiate soccer athletes. Concussion, 6(2), CNC91. https://doi.org/10.2217/cnc-2020-0023


Weismiller, S. A., Monaco, R., Womack, J., Alderman, B., Esopenko, C., Conway, F. N., Brostrand, K., Brown, A., de Souza, N. L., & Buckman, J. F. (2021). Individual baseline balance assessments in a large sample of incoming NCAA Division I athletes using a force plate system. International Journal of Sports Physical Therapy, 16,126-133. https://doi.org/10.26603/001c.18713


Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Bates, M.E., Vaschillo, E.G., & Buckman, J.F. (2021). An interoceptive basis for alcohol priming effects. Psychopharmacology 238(6), 1621-1631. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00213-021-05796-w


Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Buckman, J., Pawlak, A., Vaschillo, B., Vaschillo, E., & Bates, M. E. (2021). Interoceptive signals in alcohol cognitive biases: Role of family history and alliesthetic components. Addiction Biology, 26(3), e12952. https://doi.org/10.1111/adb.12952


Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Buckman, J. F., Suzuki, K., Pawlak, A., & Bates, M. E. (2021). More than meets the heart: Systolic amplification of different emotional faces is task dependent. Cognition and Emotion, 35(2), 400-408. https://doi.org/10.1080/02699931.2020.1832050


de Souza, N. L., Esopenko, C., Conway, F. N., Todaro, S. M., & Buckman, J. F. (2021). Patterns of health behaviors affecting mental health in collegiate athletes. Journal of American College Health, 69(5), 495-502. https://doi.org/10.1080/07448481.2019.1682591


de Souza, N. L., Dennis, E. L., Brown, A. M., Singh, S., Wilde, E. A., Buckman, J. F., Esopenko, C. (2020). Relation between isometric neck strength and white matter organization in collegiate athletes. Neurotrauma Reports, 1, 232-240. https://doi.org/10.1089/neur.2020.0025


Esopenko, C., de Souza, N.L., Conway, F. N., Todaro, S. M., Brostrand, K., Womack, J., Monaco, R., & Buckman, J. F. (2020). Bigger necks are not enough: an examination of neck circumference in incoming college athletes. Journal of Primary Prevention, 41(5), 421-429. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10935-020-00600-5


Conway, F.N., Domingues, M., Monaco, R., Lesnewich, L. M., Ray, A. E., Alderman, B. L., Todaro, S. M., & Buckman, J. F. (2020). Concussion symptom underreporting among incoming National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I college athletes. Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, 30(3), 203-209. https://doi.org/10.1097/JSM.0000000000000557


Bates, M. E., Mun, E. Y., Buckman, J. F., Vaschillo, E., Vaschillo, B., Lehrer, P., Udo, T., & Lesnewich, L. M. (2020). Getting to the heart of low sensitivity to alcohol: Context moderates suppressed cardiovascular adaptation to oral alcohol in persons with a family history of alcohol use disorder. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 44(3), 589-599. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14293


Buckman, J.F., Vaschillo, B., Vaschillo, E.G., Epstein, E.E., Nguyen-Louie, T.T., Lesnewich, L.M., Eddie, D., & Bates, M.E. (2019). Improvement in women’s cardiovascular functioning during cognitive-behavioral therapy for alcohol use disorder. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 33(8), 659-668. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/adb0000524


Bates, M. E., Lesnewich, L. M., Uhouse, S. G., Gohel, S., & Buckman, J. F. (2019). Resonance-paced breathing alters neural response to visual cues: Proof-of-concept for a neuroscience-informed adjunct to addiction treatments. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 10, 624-635. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyt.2019.00624


Lesnewich, L. M., Conway, F. N., Buckman, J. F., Brush, C.J., Ehmann, P.J., Eddie, D., Olson, R. L., Alderman, B. A., & Bates, M. E. (2019). Associations of depression severity with heart rate and heart rate variability in young adults across normative and clinical populations. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 142, 57-65 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2019.06.005


Leyro, T. M., Buckman, J. F., & Bates, M. E. (2019). Theoretical implications and clinical support for heart rate variability biofeedback for substance use disorders. Current Opinion in Psychology, 30, 92-97. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.copsyc.2019.03.008


Brush, C. J., Olson, R. L., Ehmann, P. J., Bocchine, A. J., Bates, M. E., Buckman, J. F., Leyro, T. M., & Alderman, B. A. (2019). Lower resting cardiac autonomic balance in young adults with current major depression. Psychophysiology, 56(8), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13385


Streifer, M., Brown, A. M., Porfido, T., Anderson, E. Z., Buckman, J. F., & Esopenko, C. (2019). The potential role of the cervical spine in sports-related concussion: Clinical perspectives and considerations for risk reduction. Journal of Orthopaedic and Sports Physical Therapy, 49(3), 202-208. https://www.jospt.org/doi/10.2519/jospt.2019.8582


White, H.R., Conway, F. N., Buckman, J. F., & Loeber, R. (2018). Does substance use exacerbate escalation along developmental pathways of covert and overt externalizing behaviors among young men? Journal of Developmental & Life-Course Criminology, 4(2), 137-147. https://doi.org/10.1007/s40865-017-0076-3


Eddie, D., Conway, F. N., Alayan, N., Buckman, J., & Bates, M. E. (2018). Assessing heart rate variability biofeedback as an adjunct to college recovery housing programs. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 92, 70-76. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsat.2018.06.014


Buckman, J. F., Vaschillo, E. G., Fonoberova, M., Mezić, I., & Bates, M. E. (2018). The translational value of psychophysiology methods and mechanisms: Multi-level, dynamic, personalized. [Special Section of Mechanisms of Behavior Change] Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(2), 229-238. https://doi.org/10.15288/jsad.2018.79.229


Olson, R.L., Brush, C.J., Ehmann, P.J., Buckman, J.F., & Alderman, B.L. (2018). A history of sport-related concussion is associated with sustained deficits in conflict and error monitoring. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 132(Part A), 145-154. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijpsycho.2018.01.006


Vaschillo, E. G., Vaschillo, B., Buckman, J. F., Heiss, S., Singh, G., & Bates, M. E. (2018). Early signs of cardiovascular dysregulation in young adult binge drinkers. Psychophysiology 55(5), 1-13. https://doi.org/10.1111/psyp.13036


2006 MBA, Rutgers University, Business
2001 Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, Pharmacology
1998 PhD, Oregon Health & Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience
1996 MS, Oregon Health & Science University, Behavioral Neuroscience


Recent Awards

Buckman, Jennifer, (2019). Gould Excellence in Clinical Inquiry Award for co-authored paper. The Potential Role of the Cervical Spine in Sports-Related Concussion: Clinical Perspectives and Considerations for Risk Reduction.


Buckman, Jennifer, (2018). Fellow American Psychological Association.

Other Information

Director, Department of Kinesiology & Health’s Honors in Research Program
Cannabis: From Counterculture to Cure-all (01:377:360); Honors Research Seminar (01:377:480)


Professional Services

2019 – Present Co-chair, Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Advisory Committee, Society of Addiction Psychology
2019 – 2021 Member, Curriculum Commitee, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences
2018 – 2019 President, Society of Addiction Psychology
2017 – 2018 President-Elect, Society of Addiction Psychology
2016 – 2017 Interim Director, CAS Division of Education and Training
2015 – present Assistant Field Editor, Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs
2014 – present Editorial Board, Psychology of Addictive Behaviors
2013 – 2014 2014 Program Co-Chair, Collaborative Perspectives on Addiction Conference
2012 – 2013 2013 Program Chair, Society of Addiction Psychology
2006 – 2015 Treasurer, Society of Addiction Psychology